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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. -- Hotels along the Gulf Coast are trying to make the transition from putting up hurricane evacuees to welcoming their normal business travelers.

At least one chain is asking some evacuees to clear out to make room for people with reservations. Hilton Hotels said they were told when they checked in that room availability would dictate how long they could stay.

Evacuees in Louisiana have the law on their side. An executive order signed last month bans hotels from kicking out any evacuees who guarantee payment.

But there's no such protection in Mississippi. An evacuee from Louisiana said staff at a Hampton Inn in Brookhaven told her they'd call the police if she didn't pick up her belongings.

But many hotels are letting evacuees stay. One worker at a Comfort Inn said it would be "morally wrong" to make them leave.
 
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